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Why Iowa is Still a Win for Edwards

Yesterday was the largest turn out for an Iowa Caucus ever and so many of those who came to caucus were young and as they would say “Fired up and ready to go”. And went they did. Obama won the night and his supporters are celebrating.


Elizabeth and John Celebrate their victoryBut there is a story that’s being ignored by the mainstream media, it’s still a two person race to them but in the eye of many Edwards supporters, last night was a victory for him as well. And no, Edwards did not concede in his speech last night, because it’s not over and I think that since he had the most attention he’s probably gotten so far by the MSM the last thing he wanted to do was talk about a “loss”. Rather than that, he focussed on what is so important to him and his focus for his campaign, Edwards continues to talk about the poor, the homeless and the disenfranchised in our Country. He wasn’t there to talk about candidates, but the people who still have no voice.

Edwards released a statement regarding Obama’s win and said that he called him personally to congratulate him.


“Earlier tonight, I called Senator Obama to congratulate him on his victory in the Iowa caucuses. Tonight’s results shows how clearly the American people are sick of the status quo and ready for a president who will fight for the bold change America needs. “

And, I sincerely believe that this is a win for all Democrats. Almost twice as many Democrats came out to caucus than Republicans and the race is tight right now to show that we have a tough decision to make, that we have three amazing candidates to chose from, there is no loss here for Edwards or for any Democrat.

If you did not have a chance to see Edwards’ post Iowa Caucus debate, please take the time to do so, it is at the end of my post. This is why this man inspires me, this is why I care so much about this election, more than I have ever before. And the good news is, more people are going to hear his message.

It also means money for his campaign. Today they released a statement saying that yesterday is “putting the campaign on track for its best online fundraising day to date.” And half of those who contributed were first time donors and more than 90% were donations under $100. This is the campaign that relies on small money donations rather than lobbyist and PAC money, every cent counts.

So, what does this have to do with California? In order for California to count we have to help Edwards win Nevada. I am planning to drive to Las Vegas on the weekend of the 12th in order to canvass and phone bank for Edwards and the Nevada supporters have pledge to come to California and help us do the same for our Primary on February 5th.

Just three more days to New Hampshire and this whole nomination process has been knocked on it’s butt. It’s no longer a two person race and thanks to Edwards, it’s no longer about “Politics as usual”.

Cross posted from The Liberal OC